Psychiatrists in Woodbridge, CT

Photo of Sofia Loran, MSN, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sofia Loran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Woodbridge, CT 06525  (Online Only)
Therapeutic Health and Wellness, LLC is a private practice owned by Sofia Loran, who is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. At Therapeutic Health and Wellness, LLC we believe in a nonjudgmental approach to individualized care. Medication might not be for you and is not required for treatment. We can help you to build on your strengths to empower you to achieve your goals. Our goal is to help create a therapeutic balance for every individual with respect, compassion, and professionalism.
Therapeutic Health and Wellness, LLC is a private practice owned by Sofia Loran, who is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. At Therapeutic Health and Wellness, LLC we believe in a nonjudgmental approach to individualized care. Medication might not be for you and is not required for treatment. We can help you to build on your strengths to empower you to achieve your goals. Our goal is to help create a therapeutic balance for every individual with respect, compassion, and professionalism.
(475) 224-4729 View (475) 224-4729
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Barbara Stoudmire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, CT 06525
There has been an increase in those suffering from anxiety and depression, especially after COVID. We watched in fear as the world slipped into a pandemic. I want you to know you are not alone! There are many sufferings from trauma related to a bad relationship, bullying or past abuse. Again, you are not alone! Have you been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or ADHD and have been struggling to manage your symptoms? I am here to help. Regardless of age or diagnosis everyone deserves peace of mind and a little understanding. I believe everyone deserves compassionate and empathetic mental health care. Let me help you.
There has been an increase in those suffering from anxiety and depression, especially after COVID. We watched in fear as the world slipped into a pandemic. I want you to know you are not alone! There are many sufferings from trauma related to a bad relationship, bullying or past abuse. Again, you are not alone! Have you been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or ADHD and have been struggling to manage your symptoms? I am here to help. Regardless of age or diagnosis everyone deserves peace of mind and a little understanding. I believe everyone deserves compassionate and empathetic mental health care. Let me help you.
(475) 264-4768 View (475) 264-4768
Photo of Avi Mitra, MD, MS, FAPA, Psychiatrist
Avi Mitra
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, FAPA
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, CT 06525
I am a Mayo Clinic trained Adult Psychiatrist. I have trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Yale University's Child Study Center. I have 19 years of experience practicing Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am a Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association.
I am a Mayo Clinic trained Adult Psychiatrist. I have trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Yale University's Child Study Center. I have 19 years of experience practicing Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am a Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association.
(203) 590-5778 View (203) 590-5778
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Shaylice M. Meserole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSEd
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Hey there, I'm Shay. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a wife, a mom but most importantly your biggest supporter in achieving your goals for overall improved mental health and well-being. I am highly rated board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and a double degree graduate of Yale University. I treat patients across the country, across the lifespan and have focused my doctoral work on increasing access and adherence to trauma focused care.
Hey there, I'm Shay. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a wife, a mom but most importantly your biggest supporter in achieving your goals for overall improved mental health and well-being. I am highly rated board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and a double degree graduate of Yale University. I treat patients across the country, across the lifespan and have focused my doctoral work on increasing access and adherence to trauma focused care.
(475) 471-1357 View (475) 471-1357

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Photo of Aslynn J. Romano, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Aslynn J. Romano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06501
Serving Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire via Telehealth as well as in our Concord, NH office. Offering diagnostic evaluations for adults who are questioning if they may be Autistic (and medication management / general psychiatric care - in NH only). As a Neurodivergent & LGTBQIA-identified professional, I try to validate/normalize our shared human experiences while using evidence-based treatments to support my patient in their mental health journey.
Serving Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire via Telehealth as well as in our Concord, NH office. Offering diagnostic evaluations for adults who are questioning if they may be Autistic (and medication management / general psychiatric care - in NH only). As a Neurodivergent & LGTBQIA-identified professional, I try to validate/normalize our shared human experiences while using evidence-based treatments to support my patient in their mental health journey.
(603) 691-3834 View (603) 691-3834
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Radmila Meyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Haven, CT 06516
My name is Radmila Meyer. I am APRN, PMHNP-BC and specialize in medication-assisted treatment and provide therapy for patients who have mental health concerns and needs. During my working experience, I use a wide range of nursing, psychosocial, and neurobiological expertise in evaluating patients with psychiatric illnesses and their mental health needs. I provide behavioral counseling and education of patients and their families about psychiatric symptoms, maintain compliance with treatment plans, and detect adverse effects from prescribed medication.
My name is Radmila Meyer. I am APRN, PMHNP-BC and specialize in medication-assisted treatment and provide therapy for patients who have mental health concerns and needs. During my working experience, I use a wide range of nursing, psychosocial, and neurobiological expertise in evaluating patients with psychiatric illnesses and their mental health needs. I provide behavioral counseling and education of patients and their families about psychiatric symptoms, maintain compliance with treatment plans, and detect adverse effects from prescribed medication.
(475) 284-8870 View (475) 284-8870
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Renew Mental Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06503
Accepting New Patients! Are you struggling with mental health issues? Do not suffer in silence as your mental health is essential and matters for your overall wellbeing. At Renew Mental Healthcare, we work with children and adults struggling with varying forms of mental health disorders that includes anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, OCD, PTSD & much more to promote mental and emotional wellness through pharmacotherapy to help patients achieve better quality of life.
Accepting New Patients! Are you struggling with mental health issues? Do not suffer in silence as your mental health is essential and matters for your overall wellbeing. At Renew Mental Healthcare, we work with children and adults struggling with varying forms of mental health disorders that includes anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, OCD, PTSD & much more to promote mental and emotional wellness through pharmacotherapy to help patients achieve better quality of life.
(860) 813-6768 View (860) 813-6768
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Summer Paradise
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511  (Online Only)
I will work with you to find holistic and humanistic approaches to achieving wellness. At the core of many symptoms, there is trauma and grief, and I will support you in your efforts to heal and construct a life that feels authentic. I will also offer medications that are appropriate when needed.
I will work with you to find holistic and humanistic approaches to achieving wellness. At the core of many symptoms, there is trauma and grief, and I will support you in your efforts to heal and construct a life that feels authentic. I will also offer medications that are appropriate when needed.
(203) 717-5910 View (203) 717-5910
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Hassan Naqvi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06511
- - - - - - - - - - Call now for a free consultation! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Appointments available this week! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or not yourself? You're not alone. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or more, your well-being is my top priority. As a board-certified psychiatrist, my focus is to support you on your journey towards improved mental health. Our work together won't be just about treating conditions, it will be about recognizing and understanding your unique life circumstances and the social issues that impact your mental health.
- - - - - - - - - - Call now for a free consultation! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Appointments available this week! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or not yourself? You're not alone. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or more, your well-being is my top priority. As a board-certified psychiatrist, my focus is to support you on your journey towards improved mental health. Our work together won't be just about treating conditions, it will be about recognizing and understanding your unique life circumstances and the social issues that impact your mental health.
(646) 437-8876 View (646) 437-8876
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Lifespan Collaborative Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamden, CT 06518
In the vast landscape of mental health, each individual's journey is a unique narrative, often filled with complexities, challenges, and ultimately, resilience. Welcome to Lifespan Collaborative Services a psychiatric mental health practice and sanctuary where healing transcends the boundaries of conventional therapy, embracing a holistic, integrative, and culturally supportive approach to mental wellness. Central to the Lifespan Collaborative Services approach is the integration of evidence-based therapeutic modalities with complementary healing practices drawn from diverse cultural traditions.
In the vast landscape of mental health, each individual's journey is a unique narrative, often filled with complexities, challenges, and ultimately, resilience. Welcome to Lifespan Collaborative Services a psychiatric mental health practice and sanctuary where healing transcends the boundaries of conventional therapy, embracing a holistic, integrative, and culturally supportive approach to mental wellness. Central to the Lifespan Collaborative Services approach is the integration of evidence-based therapeutic modalities with complementary healing practices drawn from diverse cultural traditions.
(475) 471-0631 View (475) 471-0631
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Ryan Dillon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
East Haven, CT 06512
I take a safe, comfortable, and multifaceted approach towards treatment. I have experience and have been trained in family psychiatry. Therefore, I treat all ages and populations. My primary area of focus is that of diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric medication management. However, I believe that psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment. I will provide this type of services if I feel I can help! If not, I will refer you to the appropriate therapist. Accordingly, communicating and involving treatment from other providers and "looking at the big picture" is essential!
I take a safe, comfortable, and multifaceted approach towards treatment. I have experience and have been trained in family psychiatry. Therefore, I treat all ages and populations. My primary area of focus is that of diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric medication management. However, I believe that psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment. I will provide this type of services if I feel I can help! If not, I will refer you to the appropriate therapist. Accordingly, communicating and involving treatment from other providers and "looking at the big picture" is essential!
(203) 433-2550 View (203) 433-2550
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George J Costanzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DC APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milford, CT 06461  (Online Only)
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN), licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan. At our practice, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications conservatively, while always incorporating holistic methods to assist in recovery. I have 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, treating patients without the use of medication. Now, with the ability to prescribe medication, I carry with me the philosophy that judicious medication use is key in treatment plans. My strength is in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN), licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan. At our practice, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications conservatively, while always incorporating holistic methods to assist in recovery. I have 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, treating patients without the use of medication. Now, with the ability to prescribe medication, I carry with me the philosophy that judicious medication use is key in treatment plans. My strength is in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
(860) 863-1289 View (860) 863-1289
Dr Lal Cares
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
North Haven, CT 06473  (Online Only)
I want to first work with my patients in a comprehensive way to come to a preliminary diagnosis and not ask them to fill out a form, in mental health, there is no cookie-cutter diagnosis. Once we have established a diagnosis we will work together to come up with the treatment plan which will take into account the unique person they are using latest diagnostic testing which will guide what medications will work best for them. My biggest struggle with practicing in other settings have been the changes in the guidelines and clinic setting which prevents building of long-term therapeutic relationships.
I want to first work with my patients in a comprehensive way to come to a preliminary diagnosis and not ask them to fill out a form, in mental health, there is no cookie-cutter diagnosis. Once we have established a diagnosis we will work together to come up with the treatment plan which will take into account the unique person they are using latest diagnostic testing which will guide what medications will work best for them. My biggest struggle with practicing in other settings have been the changes in the guidelines and clinic setting which prevents building of long-term therapeutic relationships.
(203) 433-6407 View (203) 433-6407
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SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PCCN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06503
Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
(203) 769-9298 View (203) 769-9298
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Matthew Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (Online Only)
Dr. Matthew Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein. He provides telepsychiatry for adults throughout Connecticut. He is currently taking new patients interested in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training.) This is an evidenced based therapy for people (CSO) affected by someone (IP) with an addiction. It has 3 goals of: improved mental health/quality of life of CSO, decreased substance use by IP and much higher treatment engagement to address substance use for IP.
Dr. Matthew Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein. He provides telepsychiatry for adults throughout Connecticut. He is currently taking new patients interested in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training.) This is an evidenced based therapy for people (CSO) affected by someone (IP) with an addiction. It has 3 goals of: improved mental health/quality of life of CSO, decreased substance use by IP and much higher treatment engagement to address substance use for IP.
(860) 764-2784 View (860) 764-2784
Photo of Tricia Mignosa, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tricia Mignosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06513
Not currently providing evaluations for or treating adult ADHD. I do not treat children or adolescents. Tricia is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in outpatient psychopharmacologic management of adults. She is graduate of Yale University School of Nursing. Prior to becoming an APRN, Tricia obtained a Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University. She offers medication consultations and evaluations, and ongoing medication management for a range of issues such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD.
Not currently providing evaluations for or treating adult ADHD. I do not treat children or adolescents. Tricia is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in outpatient psychopharmacologic management of adults. She is graduate of Yale University School of Nursing. Prior to becoming an APRN, Tricia obtained a Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University. She offers medication consultations and evaluations, and ongoing medication management for a range of issues such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD.
(475) 253-3826 View (475) 253-3826
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Carrie Fijal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06502  (Online Only)
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, divorce, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, divorce, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(475) 472-9579 View (475) 472-9579
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Eli Bogart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMHC
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06511
I am trained as a mental health counselor with a focus on depression, grief and eating disorders. I believe that true healing is possible. When both the client and practitioner deeply respect and understand the client's struggles and commit to addressing the core conflicts that may lie behind their disorder, healing can take place. I am also a Rabbi and I have been a mentor and teacher at the Rabbinical college of New England for over ten years. Although I do not bring my personal religious beliefs into therapy, my style is informed by my experience as a teacher of ancient wisdom and existential thought.
I am trained as a mental health counselor with a focus on depression, grief and eating disorders. I believe that true healing is possible. When both the client and practitioner deeply respect and understand the client's struggles and commit to addressing the core conflicts that may lie behind their disorder, healing can take place. I am also a Rabbi and I have been a mentor and teacher at the Rabbinical college of New England for over ten years. Although I do not bring my personal religious beliefs into therapy, my style is informed by my experience as a teacher of ancient wisdom and existential thought.
(203) 896-8256 View (203) 896-8256
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Jay Seigel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501
Jay Seigel has worked in clinical, academic and leadership capacities to improve the quality of life of his clients with addiction and mental health disorders. Jay has treated thousands of Clients in his private practice and countless impaired healthcare professionals with great success. Jay's goal of continually identifying and employing the most effective and innovative clinical treatment for his clients. Jay has a rarely found expertise utilizing evidence-based practice for work in insight oriented psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Jay is committed to collaborating with his Clients and their multidisciplinary providers to empower them to establish sustained recovery.
Jay Seigel has worked in clinical, academic and leadership capacities to improve the quality of life of his clients with addiction and mental health disorders. Jay has treated thousands of Clients in his private practice and countless impaired healthcare professionals with great success. Jay's goal of continually identifying and employing the most effective and innovative clinical treatment for his clients. Jay has a rarely found expertise utilizing evidence-based practice for work in insight oriented psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Jay is committed to collaborating with his Clients and their multidisciplinary providers to empower them to establish sustained recovery.
(203) 717-4433 View (203) 717-4433
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Jenna Butner
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (Online Only)
I am a double board certified addiction and family medicine physician specializing in treating addiction disorders. I completed my medical training at Albert Einstein Yeshiva University, and Fellowships in Addiction Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel. I am an Assistant Professor Adjunct in Medicine, in the addiction medicine program at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor at City University of New York School of Medicine.
I am a double board certified addiction and family medicine physician specializing in treating addiction disorders. I completed my medical training at Albert Einstein Yeshiva University, and Fellowships in Addiction Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel. I am an Assistant Professor Adjunct in Medicine, in the addiction medicine program at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor at City University of New York School of Medicine.
(929) 205-5315 View (929) 205-5315

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Number of Psychiatrists in Woodbridge, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Woodbridge, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Medication Management
100% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Woodbridge, CT see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Woodbridge?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.